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Page 62 - Sisterly, brotherly, Fatherly, motherly Feelings had changed, — Love, by harsh evidence, Thrown from its eminence; Even God's providence Seeming estranged. Where the lamps quiver So far in the river, With many a light From window and casement, From garret to basement, She stood, with amazement...
Page 62 - Or was there a dearer one Still, and a nearer one Yet than all other? Alas! for the rarity Of Christian charity Under the sun ! Oh! it was pitiful! Near a whole city full Home she had none. Sisterly, brotherly, Fatherly, motherly, Feelings had changed : Love, by harsh evidence, Thrown from its eminence; Even God's providence Seeming estranged.
Page 7 - Truth is large : our aspiration Scarce embraces half we be. Shame, to stand in His creation, And doubt truth's sufficiency ! To think God's song unexcelling The poor tales of our own telling — When Pan is dead. What is true and just and honest, What is lovely, what is pure, All of praise that hath admonisht, All of virtue, shall endure ; These are themes for poets' uses, Stirring nobler than the Muses, Ere Pan was dead.
Page 8 - ... than sermons generally can do. For they were composed by men of much greater piety and wisdom, than our common composers of sermons can pretend to be; and therefore I wish you would never miss the prayer days ; yet I do not mean you should despise sermons, even of the preachers you dislike, for the discourse is often much better than the man, as sweet and clear waters come through very dirty earth. I am the more particular on this head, as you seemed to express a little before I came away some...
Page 7 - Tis glorious thus to have one's own proud will, And see the crown acknowledged that we earn; But nobler yet, and nearer to the skies, To feel one's-self, in hours serene and still, One of the spirits chosen by heaven to turn The sunny side of things to human eyes.
Page 7 - All rests with those who read. A work or thought Is what each makes it to himself, and may Be full of great dark meanings, like the sea, With shoals of life rushing; or like the air, Benighted with the wing of the wild dove, Sweeping miles broad o'er the far western woods, With mighty glimpses of the central light — Or may be nothing — bodiless, spiritless.
Page 9 - No heavenly harpings soothe our ear, No mystic dreams we share ; Yet hope to feel thy comfort near, And bless thee in our prayer.
Page 29 - Whosoever shall break one of the least of these my commandments and shall teach men so to do shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven...
Page 87 - Miserable creature! If thou persist in this, 'tis damnable. Dost thou imagine, thou canst slide on blood, And not be tainted with a shameful fall ? Or, like the black and melancholic yew-tree, Dost think to root thyself in dead men's graves, And yet to prosper ? Instruction to thee Comes like sweet showers to o'er-harden'd ground ; They wet, but pierce not deep.